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And God Created Woman(1956) - Roger Vadim

Related: French cinema - Brigitte Bardot - Roger Vadim - 1956

Et Dieu Créa la Femme/And God Created Woman - (1956) Roger Vadim [amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Et Dieu Créa la Femme - (1956) Roger Vadim [amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


    Roger Vadim's directorial debut is more titillation than continental cool, but it broke box-office records and censorship taboos in its teasing display of sex and eroticism in the sunny vacation playground of the Saint-Tropez seashore. Vadim ushered in the era of continental attitudes toward sex and christened the voluptuous Brigitte Bardot (his wife) the world's original sex kitten: earthy, innocent, and all fleshy curves. Bardot is Juliette, a pouty child-woman orphan prone to nude sunbathing and playful flirting. Though pursued by a rich widower (Curt Jurgens) and attracted to the brawny fisherman Antoine (Christian Marquand), she marries Antoine's shy younger brother Michel (Jean-Louis Trintignant), an earnest, innocent kid hardly older than she but far less worldly. Despite her sincere efforts to "be good," Juliette gives in to Michel's advances, setting off a chain of events that ends in fraternal conflict. Vadim keeps the display of skin this side of an R rating, but only barely, teasing the male audience with skimpy outfits, barely concealing sheets, and often conveniently arranged scenery. Bohemian Bardot frolics through the film with nary a self-conscious moment, culminating in a passionate mambo, her pent-up frustration and sexual confusion exploding in a mad dance as bongos pound away on the soundtrack. Who needed Viagra in the '50s when Bardot was around? --Sean Axmaker for Amazon.com

    And God Created Woman (French title: Et Dieu... créa la femme) is a 1956 movie starring Brigitte Bardot. It is widely recognized as the vehicle that launched Bardot into the public spotlight and immediately created her "sex kitten" persona.

    When the film was released in 1957 by film distributor Kingsley-International Pictures, it pushed the boundaries of sex in film in American cinema, making Bardot an overnight sensation. To this day, the scene of Bardot dancing barefoot on a table is considered by some to be one of the most erotic scenes in the history of cinema. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_God_Created_Woman [Nov 2005]

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